April 23, 2013

Traditional model making uses various production methods such as handcrafting, machining, turning and fabrication. Nowadays new technology could help designers bring their idea to a fully functional product even faster and quicker.

At Hasbro's model workshop outside of Providence, Rhode Island, 3D printers are used to make actual toys and games.

Hasbro's design team first makes the CAD drawings of a new design, then has the prototypes produced in the workshop. Two Perfactory 3D printers from envisionTEC installed in the workshop are used to print most intricate designs. Using a low-cost epoxy-type material the Perfactory can make figurines and accessories in very fine detail.

A Z-Corp Spectrum 3D printer is used for making high-definition, full-color prototypes. But the largest of Hasbro's systems is a Stereolithography (SLA) machine, by 3D Systems which is used for making large pieces of design. In addition figures with hard, soft, or flexible materials can be printed on an Objet 3D printer.

When a prototype is printed out, Brian Winters, a master model-maker at Hasbro will check and test its functionality. If something doesn't fit properly, he will simply change the design in CAD programs such as SolidWorks.

Recently Kyle Wagner from Gizmodo were able to get an in-depth look at the workshop, follow his tour in the video below:

 

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